BLM reschedules scoping meetings for new NPR-A plan
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Bureau of Land Management rescheduled the four remaining public scoping meetings that were postponed due to the Nov. 30 earthquake in Anchorage. The meetings are intended to gather public comments that help guide the development of a new Integrated Activity Plan (IAP) and associated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the 22.1-million acre National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska (NPR-A).
Tonight’s Morris Thompson Center meeting in Fairbanks will continue as scheduled 5:30-8:30 p.m. Rescheduled meetings are now planned in the following communities:
Utqiaġvik: Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, 7-10 p.m., at the Iñupiat Heritage Center
Nuiqsut: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, noon-5 p.m., at the Kisik Community Center
Wainwright: Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, 7-10 p.m., at the Wainwright Community Center
Point Lay: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, 7-10 p.m., at the Point Lay Community Center
Previous meetings were held Dec. 10-12 in Anchorage, Atqasuk and Anaktuvuk Pass, respectively.
The purpose of the IAP and EIS is to develop a new management strategy for the NPR-A consistent with Secretarial Order 3352, which was signed in June 2017. The order calls for the review and development of a revised IAP “that strikes an appropriate balance of promoting development while protecting surface resources.”
The BLM published the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register Nov. 21, 2018. This initiated a 45-day public scoping period that is extended to Jan. 22, 2019, to accommodate the rescheduled meetings. Comments may be submitted at the public scoping meetings or by regular mail to: BLM Alaska State Office, Attention – NPR-A IAP/EIS, 222 W. 7th Avenue, Anchorage, Alaska 99513. Comments may also be faxed to (907) 271-5479 or submitted online at http://www.blm.gov/alaska/NPR-A-IAP-EIS. Comments must be received before the end of the scoping period to be included in the scoping report.
The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in the 11 Western states and Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. In fiscal year 2018, the diverse activities authorized on BLM-managed lands generated $105 billion in economic output across the country. This economic activity supported 471,000 jobs and contributed substantial revenue to the U.S. Treasury and state governments, mostly through royalties on minerals.